School of the Laity

Summer 2018 School of the Laity Participants & Teachers

Upcoming Class Dates

 March 2019 Session on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Savannah Presbytery, Brunswick, GA

June 7-9, 2019 Session at Epworth by the Sea, St. Simons Island, GA

 

Help us promote this excellent presbytery program through Minutes for Mission, bulletin inserts and personal conversations. The Class of 2020 will begin courses this summer.

Here are some thoughts from some of our graduates:

“…The School of the Laity helped me to think out of the box to come up with creative ways to spread the news of Jesus Christ.”

“…The School of the Laity has given me the courage to soar!”

“…The most meaningful part of the School of the Laity for me has been that it has provided a safe place to explore, to question, to express both doubts and disagreements.”

Announcing Three Classes for March 2019 (Rescheduled May 18, 2019)

Register Now For:

New Testament

Rev. Bob Brearley

This class is a School of the Laity requirement and is open to those who are exploring SoL, those seeking a refresher, or those with a desire to deepen their understanding of God’s Word.

  Practical Ministry I

Instructor to be confirmed

Evangelism

Instructor to be confirmed

History of School of the Laity

In the fall of 1988, ten laypeople of Savannah Presbytery became the first graduating class of an innovative presbytery ministry know as the School of the Laity. A very demanding program of study requiring a two-year commitment and additional hours of class and preparation time, the School of the Laity was a vision of then Executive Presbyter Dr. J. Richard Bass, who saw the desire of laypersons to engage in serious study of scripture, theology, and ministry.

The students participate in two summer courses taught by college professors. Each session involves eighteen hours of class time and additional hours of personal study. The courses are: Introduction to the Bible and Introduction to Reformed Theology. In the final summer, they complete their studies with an in-depth course in Practical Ministry.

Students complete briefer courses in the spring and fall of two successive years. Savannah Presbytery ministers lead studies on Old Testament, New Testament, History, Mission & Polity and Practical Ministry 1.  To date, over 250 laypeople have participated in the School of the Laity, representing two-thirds of the churches of the presbytery. Its graduates are providing outstanding leadership in their congregations, the presbytery and the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

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History of the
School of the Laity program

2017 School of the Laity graduates, from left: Ken Bailey, Emily Crawford Sanders, Barbara Conner, Daniel Walters

In the fall of 1988, ten laypeople of Savannah Presbytery became the first graduating class of an innovative presbytery ministry know as the School of the Laity. A very demanding program of study requiring a two-year commitment and additional hours of class and preparation time, the School of the Laity was a vision of then Executive Presbyter Dr. J. Richard Bass, who saw the desire of laypersons to engage in serious study of scripture, theology, and ministry.

The students participate in two summer courses taught by college professors. Each session involves eighteen hours of class time and additional hours of personal study. The courses are: Introduction to the Bible and Introduction to Reformed Theology. In the final summer, they complete their studies with an in-depth course in Practical Ministry.

Students complete briefer courses in the spring and fall of two successive years. Savannah Presbytery ministers lead studies on Old Testament, New Testament, History, Mission & Polity and Practical Ministry 1.

To date over 250 laypeople have participated in the School of the Laity, representing two-thirds of the churches of the presbytery. Its graduates are providing outstanding leadership in their congregations, the presbytery and the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.